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Study Romeo and Juliet in the play that takes their names. Do you think that their deaths were inevi

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Study Romeo and Juliet in the play that takes their names. Do you think that their deaths were inevitable because of the sort of personalities they had? Which lover do you think is most vividly depicted? Romeo and Juliet is a world-renowned play written by William Shakespeare. It is a story of "a pair of star crossed lovers" from two feuding families. It is set in the Italian City of Verona, which is full of bloodshed and poverty. In act one we see Romeo for the first time, he seems very low at this point and unwilling to express his feelings. This comes across as quite immature and childish. We find out that Romeo is in love and feels completely confused. Romeo explains to his cousin that his love is not being returned by saying that he is, "Out of favour where I am in love". We see from this that Romeo is a follower of his emotions, he shows this quite a lot throughout the play and we find that he is a man of emotional extremes. We see through the play that Benvolio is one of Romeo's closest friends, we see that Romeo trusts Benvolio a lot I think this is because Romeo is quite an impractical person and needs to have a helping hand so he doesn't do anything stupid, like take his own life. For example Benvolio tells Romeo "Be ruled by me, forget to think of her" he also tells him to "examine other beauties". This is when Romeo is incredibly low and would do anything, even harm him self. When we find that the Capulets are having a party we also find that Rosoline is Capulet's niece, this could be Shakespeare's way of showing that any relationship Romeo has with a Capulet will not work out. So far fate does not appear to be on Romeo's side from the very start, yet it is by fate that Romeo knows there will be a party when he stops a servant who is delivering invitations. ...read more.

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Either thou or I, or both, must go with him." During this fight, which I have seen in both of the films Romeo fights with a lot of passion for his dead friend, they also portray him as a very skilled fighter. This scene shows he is quite a violent man with a lot of honour, pride and anger. It also shows his loyalty and caring of a friend. From this we could say that it proves that Romeo wasn't laying when he told Juliet he was serious about the relationship. He then kills Tybalt and escapes. The prince learns of what happens and banishes Romeo. I think Romeo was wrong to do this and could have handled it better although I do understand why he did it. My view is that it was his impulsiveness that got him into trouble, he just didn't think of the consequences. This fight I think is the main cause of Romeo and Juliet's Problems from that point on, because Romeo was unable to enter the city and Juliet was still very much confined to her house. It ment they could not be together and so both lovers had to depend on others to help them. I find this quite selfish because both of them are using others to get what they want. Another one of Romeo's friends is Friar Lawrence. He is a very trusted by Romeo and Juliet. After Romeo killed Tybalt he fled to see the Friar. When the friar returns to see Romeo who is hiding in his cell he tells him of the sentence that the prince has given him. Romeo reacts quite childishly. Romeo does not want to hear the friar tell him he is banished, he says "Ha, banishment? Be merciful, say death; for exile has more terror in his look, Much more than death. Do not say banishment." This is because he thinks that since he will no longer be able to be with Juliet, It may as well be a death sentence. ...read more.

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I think she is still glad that she can spend the rest of the life with Romeo even if it is in death. She tells decisively the Friar that she will not leave "Go get the hence, For I will not away..." Juliet is also not stricken with grief when she hears of here lovers death, she also decides to kill her self. She regards this as a happy moment as when she draws the dagger she says "...O happy dagger!" I think she feels much the same way Romeo did when he was at this point. As I look at these two characters as they face death I think their loyalty and the true love they have for one another really stands out. I think this is a very admirable part of both of their personalities, and that it was a horrible tragedy that both of their lives were ended. At the end of the play I realised how emotional it actually was. As I read it and watched it in both film versions felt that their deaths were inevitable. As Aristotle said a tragedy is inevitable if there is a fatal flaw in the protagonist's personality. This flaw will cause a tragic flaw. This I believe is defiantly true in this instance, Romeo's impulsiveness and childish behaviour was definitely what caused his fall. Such as when he killed Tybalt and Paris, yet because of the way Romeo acted I found he became boring, and that Shakespeare depicted Juliet as so much more of a believable character. I think Shakespeare tried to show as many sides of Juliet as was possible. She came across as an extremely strong willed character with an open mind and the ability to voice her opinions and she didn't let anything get in her way. She was practical and calm at times of distress. In my opinion she was a very admirable person. Other characters in the play also admired her; Friar Lawrence describes her as needing "no womanish fear" if she accepts his plan. Juliet did and it showed her bravery. ...read more.

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